Free Utah Parks Trip Planner

Free Utah Parks Trip Planner

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Utah National Parks and Recreation Areas

Zion Subway Slot Canyon

Zion National Park

Cliffs, slot canyons, and dizzying views: This park has them all. Two classic Zion experiences: hiking Angels Landing and wading the Virgin River Narrows.

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park

Famous for its weird and wonderful hoodoos—bulbous rock pillars—this southwestern Utah park also offers hiking, horseback riding, camping, and stargazing.

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Marvel at more than 2,000 natural rock arches at this park just outside of Moab. Some can be spotted from the road, but the best require a scenic hike.

Island in the Sky District with the Green River

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park is full of canyons, mesas, and buttes. But you won't find crowds here. It's Utah's least visited park even though it's the largest

The Golden Throne in Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

This national park preserves the 100-mile-long Waterpocket Fold (a “wrinkle” in the earth’s crust), a Mormon frontier settlement, and vast wilderness.

The Flaming Gorge in Utah

Neighboring Parks

From the Flaming Gorge in the north to Monument Valley in the south, Utah is filled with parks and recreation areas for you to enjoy.

The road through Monument Valley at the Utah-Arizona border.

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Most people drive. Check out our road trip ideas. There are a few major airports within a day’s drive of the parks including Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. Once you get to the parks, you will need a car or tour transportation to get around. Zion National Park has a shuttle that runs in the Valley. If you are entering Zion from the east, you need to be aware of the restrictions for the Mount Carmel Tunnel.

Zion and Bryce Canyon each have one lodge inside the park. However, all parks have campgrounds. There are a plethora of lodging options near the park entrances and in gateway towns including cabins, campgrounds, resorts, and hotels.

Red Mountain Resort near St. George, Utah. Courtesy photo

Hotels and Cabins

Only two of the five Utah national parks have hotels or cabins inside the park, but your can find a variety of lodging in gateway communities right outside the park boundaries.

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Camping and RV Parks

Spend time camping on your Utah National Park vacation at one of the many area campgrounds.

Observation Point in Zion National Park on a cloudy day

Top 3 Vistas in Zion National Park

Get the best views in this red-rock paradise in southwestern Utah. If you want to feel on top of the world, here are three fantastic Zion hikes that offer incredible vistas.

A glowing closeup of hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park

What are Hoodoos?

The word "hoodoo" means to bewitch, which is what Bryce Canyon's rock formations surely do.

Hiking through slot canyons and up rock formations, mountain biking over slickrock, 4-wheel scenic drives, and wildlife watching (especially for bighorn and birds) are the main activities. See our list of the top ten things to do in the parks and beyond.

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Ranger Victoria Allen greats visitors at the Arches Visitor Center. Photo by NPS Andrew Kuhn

How Much Do Utah National Parks Cost?

A trip to Utah isn’t complete without a visit to one of its many national park and wilderness areas, so pack a little extra money to cover entrance fees.

A cozy fire outside the yurt at sunset. Photo courtesy Zion Backcountry Yurt

Zion Area | Zion Backcountry Yurts

The yurt is a 40-minute drive from the East entrance of Zion in a backcountry setting, giving guests an IMAX view of the surrounding cliffs and valley below.

Mystery Canyon Falls in Zion National Park's Narrows

Waterfalls in Zion National Park

Somehow, one doesn't expect desert terrain to be home of some of the world's most spectacular water features. But, Zion is full of waterfalls from snow melt.